Notable Portland: 8/9–8/15

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Thursday 8/9: Come to the launch of Portland’s newest publication launch for Buckman Journal, featuring readings by Brendan Burton, Jodie Beechem, Susan Sage, Ruth Shively, Stephanie Hatch, and more. Nucleus Portland, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/11: Poets James Yeary and Nico Vassilakis read together, accompanied by music courtesy of The Available Respondents. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/12: The Portland Poetry Slam welcomes the community to send off their team to the National Poetry Slam in Chicago. The show will include readings by Brianna Grisby, Nikki Burian, Kate Leddy, Julia Gaskill, and Jane Belinda. Portland Poetry Slam, 6:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Monday 8/13: Alice Bolin reads from her debut collection, Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession, and is joined in conversation by poet Ed Skoog, author of Run the Red Lights. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/14: Ken Jennings reads from his new book, Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/15: Carolyn Wood reads from her coming-of-age memoir, Tough Girl: Lessons in Courage and Heart from Olympic Gold to the Camino de Santiago. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

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Olivia Olivia comes from the same place all sad things come from—the sea. Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, The Establishment, Ex-Berliner, and the Portland Mercury, among other places. Her speculative memoir set in the afterlife, No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down, is available through Impossible Wings Press. Prepare yourselves. You can follow her work at oliviawrites.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →